Well I am in 'love' with my new socks:) I have always wondered what all the sock making fuss was about & now I know,they are so comfy and warm . I was pleased with the way the stripes did match but the next pair I will make a tad shorter in the foot but these are great with another of my first loves 'my Blue DM's' , still after all these years one of my comfiest boots.
So now I am definitely hooked into making socks and do have a few skeins lurking in my stash ; now why do I have sock yarn? Well it's the ideal weight yarn for so many lovely things too, like shawls and lacy things. I am still awaiting the delivery of a few more sock yarns and when they arrive I will photo all of them.
So as I said in my previous post I am at the minute making sock yarn out of Ryeland fleece. This fleece is so soft and spins so lovely that I am spinning the whole 500gm for socks and have ordered more from Yorkshire Woollybacks and a few other fleece to try as well. Sandie is a mine of info re fleece and is such a lovely person; I could have talked 'sheep' all day :).
I am comparing this spun yarn to the blue bought sock yarn which is a tad thicker than the Regia I made my socks in.This skein I have done already weighs just over 100gm and is 260m so I will spin a bit more to make sure I have enough.
Now I am going to set myself a challenge here. I have never tried painting yarn as opposed to just rainbow dyeing it which I have done. I have the book 'Yarns to Dye for ' and I want to try and do some self patterning yarn. This involves as I read it measuring the minimum of 20ft so that each section can be dyed to certain lengths. Will have a go and see what happens .
I am still knitting Emily's jacket (am on the sleeves now )but I have to say the task is now a lot easier with my new Boye needles. I am really pleased so far with these needles. They have lovely points which is going to be great for lace knitting. I have posted a piccie to point out some other details. I have read that some people don't like the fact that at the end where the needle meets the join there is bend; now I personally like this as it doesn't dig into me and fits great in my hands, the points as I said are great , I don't find them heavy , and I like the fact that the cord does not have a memory so no fighting with them . The yarn I am using for the jacket is fluffy and clingy and I haven't found it snagging at the joints in any way. So I give them the thumbs up so far but will see how they wear re the thread joins etc
I would just like to say thanks to you all for the lovely comments re my 'boucle' etc ; I really do appreciate your comments . Thank you :)